Everything at a glance

MCH Group has its origins in the Swiss Samples Fair, which first opened its doors in 1917.  In 2001, Messe Basel and Messe Zürich merged to form MCH Messe Schweiz. Since 2009, we have been MCH Group, an internationally active live marketing company. MCH Group also includes Expomobilia, MCH Global and MC2.

In Basel, organisers have five exhibition halls and 25 conference rooms at their disposal offering a total area of 141,000 m². More than 300 events are staged here every year, attracting over 900,000 visitors.

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Messe Basel | Christian Ortlepp
Christian Ortlepp Director Guest Events MCH Exhibitions & Events

A great deal has happened since the early years of the Samples Fair and, while we were initially just an exhibition organiser, we have now developed into a professional live marketing company.

Great spaces for great events

Event management is our passion. Our well-versed team will be happy to look after you and ensure that your event becomes an experience. Messe & Congress Center Basel provides the right stage for all events. An overview in figures:

  • More than 250 congresses each year
  • An average of 22 exhibitions each year
  • An exhibition area of 141,000 m²
  • More than 6,300 exhibitors per year
  • More than 900,000 visitors per year
  • 25 modular conference rooms
  • Plenary hall for up to 10,000 people
  • Largest room for up to 3,000 people

(Status: 2019)

Messe Zürich

Our second location: Messe Zürich. We have premises to accommodate events of all kinds not only on the Rhine in Basel but also on the Limmat in Zurich.

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Quality management

Messe and Congress Center Basel has had internal and external audits carried out since 1996 to guarantee the high quality of its processes. This also involves obtaining feedback from our customers by means of a quality check. The findings obtained are channelled into our management system together with the results of benchmark studies and internal ideas for improvement. Each department has a process manager who ensures that the necessary changes are implemented. Our efforts have earned us certification to ISO 9001:2015 for many years.


Our industry thrives on networking, and this is why we are particularly grateful for the good working relationship we enjoy with the following organisations:

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We are part of the sustainability program Swisstainable and classified at Level II – engaged. The sustainability program Swisstainable unites businesses and organizations along the entire Swiss tourism sector. With our participation, we commit ourselves to continuous sustainable business development, pursue measures in the field of sustainability and thus make a concrete contribution to a sustainable Swiss tourism.

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Messe Basel and the Congress Center Basel are part of the MCH Group – a leading, internationally active live marketing company.

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